Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) is the Microsoft implementation of Web-Based Enterprise Management (WBEM), which is an industry initiative to develop a standard technology for accessing management information in an enterprise environment.
For more information on WMI, see http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/desktop/aa384642(v=vs.85).aspx
ESET WMI Provider
The purpose of the ESET WMI Provider is to allow for the remote monitoring of ESET products in an enterprise environment without requiring any ESET-specific software or tools. By exposing the basic product, status and statistics information via WMI, we greatly expand the possibilities of enterprise administrators when monitoring the ESET products. Administrators can take advantage of the number of access methods offered by WMI (command line, scripts and third-party enterprise monitoring tools) to monitor the state of their ESET products.
The current implementation provides read-only access to basic product information, installed features and their protection status, statistics of individual scanners, and product log files.
The WMI Provider allows for the use of standard Windows WMI infrastructure and tools to read the state of the product and product logs.